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1. Greek Mythology A giant with 100 eyes who was made guardian of Io and was later slain by Hermes.
2. An alert or watchful person; a guardian.

[Latin, from Greek Argos.]


(Animals) any of various brown butterflies, esp the Scotch argus (Erebia aethiops) found on moorland and in forests up to a height of 2000 m


1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a giant with a hundred eyes who was made guardian of the heifer Io. After he was killed by Hermes his eyes were transferred to the peacock's tail
2. a vigilant person; guardian


(ˈɑr gəs)

1. (in Greek myth) a giant with 100 eyes set to guard the heifer Io.
2. any observant or vigilant person; a watchful guardian.
[< Latin < Greek Árgos, derivative of argós bright, shining]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Argus - (Greek mythology) a giant with 100 eyes; was guardian of the heifer Io and was slain by Hermes
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
giant - an imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength; appears in folklore and fairy tales
2.Argus - large brilliantly patterned East Indian pheasantargus - large brilliantly patterned East Indian pheasant
pheasant - large long-tailed gallinaceous bird native to the Old World but introduced elsewhere
Argusianus, genus Argusianus - argus pheasants


[ˈɑːgəs] NArgos
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Indeed, La Mesangere's various personae, including "Argus" and "One Hundred Eyes," rarely expressed fear, interest, or even awareness of being seen by others--as if they really were Invisible Arguses. (17)
The reserves already attract up to 30 different species of butterfly--walking along, we easily spot common blues, brimstones, painted ladies and brown arguses. Around half of Britain's butterfly species have already been seen in the area at some point, but Thrush hopes to see more of certain species, such as gatekeepers, grizzled skippers and Dukes of Burgundy, as the restored areas return to health.